Home-Visiting Volunteers

Across the UK thousands of Home-Start volunteers visit families at home each week, supporting parents/carers in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle. They provide non-judgemental practical and emotional support and help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope. Home-Start runs more services and has more volunteers supporting more families than any other family support charity in the UK.

All Home-Start schemes are supported by Home-Start UK, which provides training for staff, volunteers and trustees, information and guidance on governance, legal and human resources issues and help with fundraising and communications.

A quick guide to becoming a Home-Start Home-Visiting Volunteer

  • You must be a parent or have parenting experience.
  • You can commit 2-3 hours of your time once a week.
  • You should be able to commit at least six months of your time to Home-Start.
  • You should have a non-judgemental attitude and understand about the pressures of bringing up a family.
  • You should enjoy meeting new people and spending time with adults and children.
  • You can commit to attending our free Volunteer Training Course (c. 30 hours over several days/weeks) before meeting your first family.
  • You can expect to be reimbursed travel expenses during training and while you support a family.
  • You must understand that your support for families is completely confidential.
  • You will have to become a member of the PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) scheme.
  • You will be supported by your local Home-Start scheme Coordinators during the time you are visiting families.

Next Step

If you would like to become a Home-Start volunteer please complete the Volunteer Application Form and either email or post it back to us - or feel free to pop in to the office for a coffee and a chat. If you want to know more then please contact the Home-Start office on 0141 889 5272, email our office, have a look at our Facebook page . We will get back to you to discuss how you can become involved.


With Thanks To Our Supporters

Bags of Help Tesco
Bank of Scotland Foundation
Inverclyde HSCP
Invercylde Council
National Lottery Community Fund
Renfrewshire Council
Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership
The Robertson Trust